The role of external oversight bodies in public schools

Professor Jaap Kuiper, who led the 2014 research on low academic achievement levels in public secondary schools in our jurisdiction, identified four prominent challenges inhibiting provision of quality and relevant education.

The main road blocks were identified as weak external oversight institutions, poor school governance, a dysfunctional curriculum with irrelevant and overcrowded content and modes of assessment with a bias on knowledge at the expense of skills.

Of these four critical issues, this edition would like to pay a little more attention to the place and role of external oversight bodies in public schools. The system of governance in private schools is different from that of public schools.

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CoA brings sanity to DIS/DCEC long-standing feud

This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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